Are you planning on ordering a salad soon and wondering whether 'Caesar' or 'Cesar Salad' is correct? I can help!
In this guide, you will find grammar tips, definitions, pronunciations, and examples, to help you remember which term to use at your favorite Italian restaurant. There is a quick answer if you prefer that.
So, are you in a rush?
If so, here is the short version of the answer:
The basic answer will help you order the correct meal, but this lesson on spelling is interesting. So, keep reading!
As I mentioned above, there are times when you may see 'Caesar' or 'Cesar salad' on a menu.
However, occasionally, you may see restaurants call their version a 'Cesar,' especially if it has some Hispanic flare. For example, if the dressing was made with avocados and jalapeno cheese croutons.
This is where it gets interesting. The 'Caesar salad' shares its name with the Italian man who invented it:
They are half right. Caesar Cardini made his famous appetizer in Mexico. The successful immigrant restauranteur owned and operated Italian eateries in Tijuana, Mexico, and the United States during the 1920s.
To this day, it is offered in most U.S. restaurants, and you can purchase Caesar Cardini's Original Caesar Dressing at your local grocery store.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 'Caesar salad' is a noun or proper name defined as:
There are no alternate definitions or synonyms for 'Caesar' salad because it is the proper name of something.
However, there are a few related terms, including:
You can apply the information about properly capitalizing this term to others. So, pay close attention.
The correct capitalization is:
'Caesar' is capitalized because it is the proper name of the salad. Salad is not a proper name, so you do not capitalize it.
For example, you could write:
Please let me know your salad selection. Do you want the 'Caesar salad' or the chicken salad?
You only capitalize both words in the term if you are using it in a title. In the title case, both words are capitalized because 'salad' is a noun with more than four letters.
As you can see from the examples above, you capitalize the names of countries, proper names, companies, or a person's name given to a dish but not the actual food.
Even though the correct name is 'Caesar salad,' we will review how you pronounce both versions. You know, just in case you go to a restaurant where they call it a 'Cesar.' Pronunciation of 'Caesar' can be confusing and lead to the name's frequent misspelling.
So, follow this pronunciation guide to learn how to say it correctly.
As you can see, there is a slight difference in the pronunciation of 'Caesar' and 'Cesar.'
Below are examples of both versions of the term. Remember that the proper name is 'Caesar salad.'
The next time you send an email asking your co-worker if they want to share a salad, you won't have to guess between 'Caesar' and 'Cesar salad.'
If the proper name or others stump you in the future, you can always come here for a quick lesson. You can also read the other guides here to learn important English language mechanics, increase your vocabulary, and improve your grammar skills.
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